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Multiple Fireboats Fighting Fire on Barge in Delaware Bay

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 23, 2022

The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday it was, together with local fire agencies, responding to a barge fire approximately 9 miles south of Port Mahon.

Watchstanders at the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center received a call at approximately 1 a.m. reporting a barge on fire in the Delaware River.  The barge was reportedly carrying household appliances for scrap, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew to assist and continue to monitor the situation. 

"There are six fireboats on scene from local fire agencies actively fighting the fire," the U.S. Coast Guard said.

"Our highest priority is ensuring the safety of firefighters and response personnel on scene,” said Capt. Jonathan Theel, Sector Delaware Bay  Captain of the Port. “We will also work to mitigate any environmental  threats and protect the flow of commerce within this vital port.” 

"There are no injuries and no evidence of pollution impacting the waterway. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. The Coast Guard requests that all mariners avoid the area of the incident," U.S. Coast Guard said.

Thumbnail photo credit: Memorial Fire Company Sta 89/Facebook

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